LETTER: Mixed message from our MP

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I write in reference to the article in last week’s Eastbourne Herald which claimed that our Conservative MP “promised to give her support to a campaign to end the so-called ‘Tampon Tax’.”

How can Mrs Ansell make that claim just two days after voting against scrapping this atrocious and unfair tax in Parliament? She voted against a Labour amendment to compel the Government to open negotiations with the EU on the five per cent VAT rate on women’s sanitary products.

This follows her expressions of ‘concern’ about vicious cuts to working tax credits that will leave working people an average £1,300 worse off and effect 59 per cent of children in our town.

Yet again, a quick scan of her voting record shows that she has actually voted for these tax credit cuts several times.

I do not expect my elected representatives to agree with me on every issue, but I do expect honesty about their intentions and their actions. This behaviour demonstrates why politicians are held in such contempt by the public and why almost 900 local people have joined Labour in response to Jeremy Corbyn’s call for ‘straight talking, honest politics’.

Mrs Ansell must learn quickly that actions speak louder than words and politicians who fail to live up to their promises do not fare well when faced with the public at the ballot box, as her predecessor will attest.

Jake Lambert

Eastbourne Labour Chair,

Gore Park Road

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